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CCTV could solve on-going anti-social behaviour in Ballyspillane

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By Sean Moriarty

The long-running anti-social behaviour issues in the Ballyspillane estate in Killarney could be solved by the installation of CCTV cameras according Killarney Municipal District Council.

The Killarney Advertiser has consistently highlighted problems in the estate. In April it was reported that groups of up to 30 people were engaging in the sport of road-bowling on the estate’s streets and that the participants were trespassing on private properties to retrieve lost balls.

Just over a year ago a house was damaged in a fireball attack – an incident linked to a long running feud in the area.

Cllr Maura Healy-Rae asked Wednesday’s meeting of Killarney Municipal District Council if there was any update on the provision of CCTV in the estate.

“Your house is your castle,” she said. “There are up to 30 people gathering everyday for road bowling – the anti-social behaviour continues and it is one of the most urgent matters. Until this [CCTV] is in place we won’t have a handle on what is going on.”

The Council have confirmed an application for funding for three separate CCTV systems in the town – including one in Ballyspillane – has been submitted to the Department of Justice and Equality but was unable to put a final date on the process.

“Members will be aware that the Data Protection Commission is currently carrying out a national study of the use of CCTV and other technologies by local authorities and An Garda Síochána for security and crime prevention,” a Council official said. “Any recommendations arising for the local Government sector as a result of the study will have to be taken on board as part of the roll out of any community schemes.”

Cllr Brendan Cronin, who was taking charge of his first Council meeting as the newly elected Mayor of Killarney, said the delay was not good enough.

“[Data Protection] seems to be the stumbling block,” he said. “This is crucially important for crime prevention.”

The Killarney Advertiser is aware of other reported incidents of unauthorised road bowling taking place in other estates in Killarney, most notably in Chestnut Drive where residents cars have been damaged by participants.

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Better late than never Christmas present for St Francis Special School

By Sean Moriarty St Francis Special School received a very late Christmas present this week – a specially adapted bike for the pupils to use. Husband and wife team Ciaran […]

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By Sean Moriarty

St Francis Special School received a very late Christmas present this week – a specially adapted bike for the pupils to use.

Husband and wife team Ciaran and Karen Dwyer, directors of Guerin Engineering and Pumps Ltd in Kilcummin, presented the special adapted bicycle to the staff and pupils at the Beaufort school on Tuesday.

After seeing an online request last December that the school needed the bike, they decided to gift one.

They contacted Glencar Medical, a Dublin-based firm that specialises in the supply of equipment to schools like St Francis, and ordered the bicycle.

However, nothing is straightforward in the current climate, Brexit, COVID and war all contributed to a delay in getting the bike to Ireland. Once it was in Dublin there were further delays in sourcing the special straps that St Francis’ children need to ride the bike safely.

It all came to a happy ending this week when the Dwyers were finally able to present their Christmas present to the school.

“We saw this request and we contacted the school and said we wanted to buy one, they told us where to get one, and we ordered it,” Karen told the Killarney Advertiser.

“We had it paid for by the end of the year but then it took three months to get it into the country. It took more time to import the specialist parts. The costs were increasing but we did not mind at all.”

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Jordan Lee to tell his story to the county’s schools

Paralympian Jordan Lee will share his experiences with schools all over Kerry. The Killarney man has embarked on a countywide tour ‘Jordan’s Drive’ in association with Kelliher’s Garage, a series […]

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Paralympian Jordan Lee will share his experiences with schools all over Kerry.

The Killarney man has embarked on a countywide tour ‘Jordan’s Drive’ in association with Kelliher’s Garage, a series of informal talks on his achievements and how he overcame his disability to reach the top of his chosen sport.

The 21-year-old was born with a foreshortened left arm known as amniotic band syndrome but has enjoyed a successful sports career which included representing Ireland at the Tokyo Olympics last summer.

Now he wants to share his story and inspire other students to follow their dreams.

His tour started last week at Colaiste na Sceilge in Cahersiveen and over the next few weeks, depending on his training schedule, will visit schools in Firies, Milltown, and Killarney.

“Don’t be afraid of people with disabilities or different backgrounds,” he said. “A few years ago there was only typical people in classrooms – you never came across people with disabilities or from various different countries. It is a lot more mixed now. I want to inspire people to treat everyone on the same level.”

‘Jordan’s Drive’ is made possible thanks to his role as a brand ambassador for Kelliher’s Garage, dealer principal, Tim Kelliher explained to the Killarney Advertiser.

“Having got to know Jordan so well over the last couple of years we have come to realise how much of an inspiration he is so we decided to ask him to hop into his Toyota CHR Hybrid and bring his story out into the highways and byways of the Kingdom,” he said.

“Headlined ‘Jordans Drive’ and organised by my marketing team headed by Yvonne McMahon they have travelled to many of the schools around Kerry from Cahersiveen to Beaufort, Killorglin and with other dates planned for Firies and Milltown to name but a few. He has spoken his many words of wisdom to the children who have been in awe of the journey and his achievements, and we at Kelliher’s Garage are delighted and proud to have him as our brand ambassador.”

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